Drunken man headbutted PC after shop row

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A DRUNKEN man who headbutted a Spalding policeman must pay his victim £100 compensation, Spalding magistrates decided on Thursday.

PC Robert Exler was called in to assist two officers who were attempting to arrest Michael Bishop-Laggett on June 25 following a disturbance at a town centre kebab shop.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said PC Exler took a firm grip of Bishop-Laggett’s clothing but he leant forward and headbutted the officer in the face.

She said the blow left PC Exler “dazed and confused for about two seconds” and he had a swelling in the centre of his eyes and constant pain in the face.

Bishop-Laggett was finally placed in the police van after a sergeant employed a Taser.

Bishop-Laggett (38), of Hospital Drove, Long Sutton, pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Exler and to a public order offence.

As well as ordering compensation, magistrates sentenced him to a year-long community order with a requirement to do 120 hours’ unpaid work. He must also pay £85 court costs.

Solicitor Andrea Clarke said Bishop-Laggett and his partner had been through an extremely upsetting time over a family matter for which they are now seeking counselling.

Miss Clarke said the pair got into an argument at the kebab shop.

She said Bishop-Laggett had been drinking – and had far too much.

He was also suffering from depression and a lack of counselling at the time.

She said Bishop-Laggett was remorseful and wished to apologise to the officer.